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they arrive at Brindd-ban, whsretaany a sacred gh&t and venerable shrine claim
devout attention.
The pilgrims then cross the river and visit the tangled thickets of Bel-baa
in Jah&ngfr-pnrj the town of M&t with the adjoining woods of Bhadra-bau,
scene of the great conflagration, and Bh&ndir-ban, -where the son of Eohini
first received his distinctive title of Bala-rama, i;e., Ratti4 the strong, in Conse-
quence of the prowess h'e had displayed in vanquishing the demon Pralamba*;
B&ngoli, where Krishna dro^t his ' staff (dang]* and the fair lake of Man-
sarovar}t scene of a fit of lover's 'pettishness' (mdn)< Thea follow the villages
of Piparauli, with its broad spreading pipal trees; Loha-ban, perpetuating the
defeat of the demon LoMsmrJ; Gopalpur, favourite station of the herdsmen, and
Rival, where Radha's mother, Kfrat, lived with her father, SznrbMn, till she went
to join her husband at Bars&na. Next comes Barhiya-ka-khedij home of the
* The name Dingoli i§ really derived itom the position of the Tillage on the ' high rirtr
bank/ which is also called dang.
f The name is probably dewed from the tree lodka or lodkra. The demon slain by KjiaSma
is styled Ikrha-jsngha in late local Sanskrit literature, but apparently is not mentioned at all ia any
ancient work. Here Is a pond called Krishna-kund, and a tempi® of Gopinith, built; in the old
style* with a shrine and.porch, each surmounted by a rikhara, the one orer the god being muoh
the higher of the two. The doorways hare square lintels and jambs of stone with a basd of
earring. The date assigned to the building is 1712, which is probably not far from correct,
Ottfaide Is the lower part of a red sandstone.figure set In the ground, called Lohasur Daitya, the
ispper part much worn by the knirea and mattocks that are sharpened upon it. Here are made
offerings of iron (loka) which become the perquisite of & family of Mahi Brahmans liring In
Mathurl The San&dh Brahman al the temple has only the offerings that are made specially
there. About the Erishna-kund is a Kadamb-khandi of rather stunted growth, and sosne Tcry .
flae pipal trees,. Immediately under the roots of one of them is a small well, called Crop feia,
•which always has water in it, though the pond drits np in the month of Jeth. Orer it is a
stone rudely carred with two figures said to represent Gopia. A small shrine ou the oppoaitto
side of the ism<iha8 been erected oTer some sculptures of no great antiquity, which were found
ia the pond. I arranged with the G-oku! Gosains to hare the b&n planted with tree% which °
when grown up would be a great boon to the pilgrims. They were getlissg on well when I Sell,
tat probably BO further care will now be taken f6r their maintenmoe.
J The Maiv-sajofar on the borders of Pani-giaw Is a lake of no great depth or extent and in
the hot tre&lhsr most of it dries up. Lakhmi D&S, a Gosiin &f the Bidha* Baliabb .persfms!o%
owns the whole _®f the Tillage and has & little hermitage on the &imk8 prettily situated
fix the midst of seme venerable jaman. trees, the remains of an old garden, said fto
b@en planted by a B&ja of Ballabli-garht to whom ia also ascribed a ckhattri,, with &
stone roof, Tkere axe two smaE and plain modem shrines, one <sf which waa built by MohanS,
%he E&ni of Suraj Mall, who is commemorated by the £ang£ Mohan J?»*/ &t
Hie adjoining ghaw, or w«»od, spreads orer aereral hundreds D| acret and IB qult^
«&t in character from any other in Braj, the trees being all, with scares^ an esesptio^